Elgin Bridge stands on the site of the first bridge that was built across the Singapore River in 1819. Other former bridges on this location include the 1823 Jackson Bridge and Thomson Bridge from 1844.
The bridge was continually upgraded to cope with rising traffic levels. The original Elgin Bridge, completed in 1862, was named after Lord Elgin, Viceroy of India. The present structure was built in 1929.
The Singapore River Walk is developed by National Heritage Board and adopted by American Express.